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Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano slammed for wanting to celebrate birthday as Speaker

The deal was forged last year, and Cayetano pointed out that two of the conditions include him passing two budgets and “magbi-birthday ako na ako ang Speaker.” 

Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano is getting a lot of criticism from the public after he revealed that he wants to celebrate his birthday while still being the Speaker of the House.

This has caused a major problem because Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco also wants to celebrate his birthday as the new Speaker.

Cayetano said that during their meeting regarding the “15-21” term-sharing deal at the Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte kept on telling Velasco to allow Cayetano to serve as Speaker until December so any delay of the proposed P4.5-trillion budget in 2021 could be avoided.

The deal was forged last year, and Cayetano pointed out that two of the conditions include him passing two budgets and “magbi-birthday ako na ako ang Speaker.” 

“Sabi nya, ‘birthday ko rin eh!’ Sabi ko, ‘50th birthday ko. Sentimental ako.’ Sabi ‘nya, ‘Ang babaw mo naman.’ ‘Ang babaw ko talaga!” said Cayetano, who turns 50 this October 28.

Netizens think Cayetano’s reason is petty and labeled him selfish.

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In his speech on Wednesday, Cayetano announced that he was ready to resign as Speaker, but 184 lawmakers rejected his offer.

Velasco did not submit to Duterte’s request even after the president asked him to do so “3 or 4 times” during the meeting, Cayetano further revealed.

Duterte did make it clear to both parties that he wants the agreement to ultimately be honored. Duterte also mentioned that it is Cayetano’s job to announce his decision on the matter. Cayetano added that a definitive date is yet to be agreed on regarding the transfer of leadership.

But Velasco’s allies in the House said that October 14 is the actual date.

“But as usual, hindi marunong tumupad si Congressman Velasco” Cayetano said.

Duterte almost immediately said that he’d rather just “stay out” the term-sharing issue.


The PDP-Laban, of which Duterte is the chairman haven’t issued a statement yet.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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